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Birch Bay, WA


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Jun 6, 2005
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Middle TN
Does anyone know anything about this? We have it on hold for 24 hours.

Raintree's Sandcastle at Birch Bay
Resort Id 7899
Location Blaine, WA, USA

Three bedroom from October 11-18, 2009.


Jun 6, 2005
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Lake Tapps, WA
It is a new bldg ( about 1 year old) in Birch Bay. It isn't a large resort just one medium sized bldg.

Birth Bay is a almost deserted town on a bay just south of the US border. There is little or nothing to do in town, with only a handful of shops and restaurants.

You can drive over the border to Vancouver ~1 hour or White Rock 15 minutes.

There are several really good golf courses at Semi ah moo (5 minutes north) Semi ah moo also has 2 great restaurants. (One right on the water.)

Hope that helps


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Never been to Birch Bay, but the location looks great for several daytrips - in addition to Vancouver, you can drive to Anacortes and ferry to the San Juan Islands - you can get to Victoria from either Anacortes or Vancouver - visit Seattle - Mt Baker and the Cascades. So if a few of those are on your wish list and you don't mind some travel (and perhaps an overnight in Victoria), you'd have lots of fun stuff to fill up a week.

You might check into rainfall averages for October, is the only thing.


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Mesquite, Nevada
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I used to live in Birch Bay. It's a beautiful arching cove of sandy beach, several miles long, that's perfect for walking during low tide - which can range out for a quarter mile or more. It's a great dog beach.

But as Bill says, there is literally nothing to do, especially in October. The main tourist shops will be closed for the season, and the weather can be dicey in October. That's when our Fall storms hit, and it can be a toss-up of beautiful weather, or windy, rainy, and cold. Do not come to Birch Bay expecting perfect beach weather. But do come if you want to do other things in the area, and enjoy the beach as best you can.

Having said that, Birch Bay is gorgeous, relatively unspoiled, and close to a lot of things. It's five miles west of Interstate 5 exit 270. And day trips from there in several directions are very easy.

If you've always wanted to visit Vancouver but want to stay on the U.S. side of the border, it's a perfect location. Staying in a newer building, as Bill reports, would make it a nice place to stay. Just be sure to bring a windbreaker and your own evening-hour fun.

Food for thought: If you can visit there mid-September instead, you'll probably have a MUCH better time. The middle two weeks of September are arguably the best weather of the year up here. Crowds are down, kids are back in school, and the weather can be incredible. :)